SpaceX Dragon Cost comparisonDecember 16, 2016 – 03:17 pm

SpaceX Dragon Cost comparison

Dragon V2 Seats seven astronauts Crew escape capability from entering capsule until orbit Lands propulsively on earth or other planet Rapid reusability Docking adapter for the ISS 25m^3 total payload volume Orion Seats four astronauts Crew escape with the launch abort system Lands in the ocean Reusable Crew Module Docking Adapter for the ISS 19.5m^3 total payload volume How about some control screen comparisons: And some external shots Orion Dragon…

SpaceX Live StreamDecember 14, 2016 – 03:11 pm

SpaceX Live Stream

SpaceX is about to attempt a new landing procedure that could eventually make space travel much cheaper and easier. The landing attempt will happen minutes after SpaceX launches one of their Falcon 9 rockets out of Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida at exactly 10:21 am ET. Here s the live feed, via NASA: If the rocket safely lands on the platform, it should be in good condition to be reused for a second launch — the first time any rocket…

SpaceX Redmond locationDecember 13, 2016 – 03:10 pm

SpaceX Redmond location

Redmond Mayor John Marchione has said one of the reasons he loves Redmond is because “nowhere else on the Eastside can you buy an actual rocket engine.” Well Mr. Mayor, things could get a lot more interesting. GeekWire reported the new office will be in Redmond, though SpaceX’s state business license lists a Bellevue address. Further details about the location of the soon-to-be office could be revealed on Friday when Musk is scheduled to visit the…

SpaceX Dragon explosionDecember 10, 2016 – 02:53 pm

SpaceX Dragon explosion

The explosion took place 2 minutes and 19 seconds after launch (Image: ddp USA/REX Shutterstock) The explosion of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket mere minutes after launch yesterday was strike one for US hopes of rebooting crewed space flight: this is the very type of rocket the company wants to use to send people into space in 2017. “You want a really, really reliable rocket before you put people on it, ” says Jonathan McDowell…

SpaceX Dragon Launch abort testDecember 7, 2016 – 02:46 pm

SpaceX Dragon Launch abort test

WASHINGTON — NASA and SpaceX plan to postpone an in-flight abort test of the crewed version of SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft until after an orbital test flight, a decision they say is not linked to the June 28 Falcon 9 launch failure still in the early phases of its investigation. In a July 1 statement, NASA announced SpaceX was delaying the test, where a Dragon spacecraft separates from its Falcon 9 launch vehicle during ascent, from later this year…

SpaceX Dragon capsule scale ModelDecember 6, 2016 – 02:46 pm

SpaceX Dragon capsule scale Model

SMN REPORT: News that the US company SpaceX successfully launched its Dragon space capsule, which is now on course for a test rendezvous with the ISS International Space Station makes us smile. And of course, it opens the door to the model-making wish-list. Elon Musk of SpaceX with the Falcon 9 launcher that carried Dragon to orbit. BIG, BIGGER, BIGGEST We’re waiting for an injection kit of the Dragon capsule, or even a ready-built will do. Both preferably…

SpaceX Dragon Flight VideoDecember 2, 2016 – 02:26 pm

SpaceX Dragon Flight Video

By Nancy Atkinson SpaceX has released more images and more details about the successful flight of Falcon 9 and the Dragon capsule that took place on December 8, making SpaceX the first commercial company in history to re-enter a spacecraft from Earth orbit. Here’s an image of Dragon safely on board a ship after splashdown. SpaceX said Dragon orbited the Earth at speeds greater than 7, 600 meters per second (17, miles per hour), reentered the Earth’s…

SpaceX Launch abort SystemNovember 29, 2016 – 01:57 pm

SpaceX Launch abort System

SpaceX are continuing to make progress with their NASA commercial crew contract, with the latest milestone involving the firing of their SuperDraco thruster engine, an integrated element of the Dragon which will be used as its Launch Abort System (LAS). However, these engines are hoping to gain additional roles, including the ability to land Dragon propulsively on land. Launch Abort System: Historically, Launch Abort Systems (LAS) – or Launch Escape…

SpaceX LegsNovember 26, 2016 – 01:47 pm

SpaceX Legs

SpaceX is about to stretch its legs. The commercial firm is due to send a cargo capsule to space later this week – and then bring the rocket that carried it back to Earth to test a set of landing legs. These could one day enable rockets to be reused, drastically slashing the cost of sending equipment and people into space. Meanwhile, the firm’s Dragon capsule will head to the International Space Station (ISS) to deliver just over 2 tonnes of supplies…

Is SpaceX PublicNovember 25, 2016 – 01:47 pm

Is SpaceX Public

SpaceX On Monday afternoon, Yahoo s photo-sharing platform Flickr announced that it would add public domain and CC-Zero licensing options for users who want to share their work freely with the public. Both options allow others to reuse photos licensed in that manner in any way they wish. In a blog post yesterday, Flickr said that Elon Musk s private space flight company, SpaceX, was one of the first accounts to change the licensing on its photos…